Excursions

REVIEWS:

“Excursions is another beautifully meandering meditation from a grand wanderer in the landscapes of contemporary anthropology … Jackson is unique among anthropologists in his courage to engage fleeting everyday fragments of the here and there, and to mine the ephemera of momentary experience for their deep resonance with core existential questions.”  — Steven Feld

“Michael Jackson has long been recognized as one of our liveliest and most powerful thinkers … With this remarkable book, he makes a significant contribution to current and future discussions about the hallmarks, trajectory and promise of our field.”  — Don Brenneis

Excursions may cross genres, venturing into the poetic and the literary, but, in my view this makes it all the more powerful as a work of anthropology—beautifully and compellingly written, absorbing reading, it fulfills its promise of opening up anthropology to the rich possibilities of ‘epiphany’ and ‘event’, and suggesting new ways of thinking about phenomena. . .” — Julie Scott, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

“Jackson . . . demonstrates, supremely, the deep understanding that can emerge from a long career of anthropological engagement and the artistry with which insight into the human condition can be delivered.” — Nigel Rapport, Social Anthropology

“Jackson strives to do what few anthropologists have done, certainly not as determinedly: to allow the potential wisdom that lies ever more deeply buried in anthropology’s routine formulations to come to the fore.” — Vincent Crapanzano, Current Anthropology

“There is an egalitarian spirit running through the essays, mixing the thought of Adorno, Arendt, and Benjamin with that of Kuranko storytellers or Maori mythology, and these with Jackson’s first person narrative, such that each is brought to illuminate the other. Travel writing, yes, but travel writing reaching for universality. Anthropology, yes, but anthropology reaching for universality. . . . Jackson’s arguments, although borne lightly by a filigree of close observation of singular experiences, are as weighty as those of many illustrious forebears.” — Michael Carrithers, American Ethnologist